Second Phase of the Project
The second phase of the Heliculture farming will be located at the premises of the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Chaplaincy, Federal University of Technology Owerri. The project will be built on a space of 15fts x 18fts. The snailery (housing facility/pen) will comprise of an intensive Open and Enclosed Mini paddocks snaileries of 11fts x 8fts each with good ventilation and controlled radiation from sun’s rays and proper breakers. The both snaileries will be well protected with metal nets (wire wesh) but only one will be totally covered with plastic nets on the top to prevent the juveniles from escaping and gutters around each pen to prevent predators from getting into the snailery.
Organic foods (green leaves, fruits and vegetables) will be used in feeding the snails on the farm. Their feeding shall be an intensive method in which the needed foods are introduced into the farm early in the morning or before dusk. Other foods substances (kitchen waste) can be introduced in the farm depending on the ability of the snails to feed on them.
The empowerment scheme is for the youths within the ages of 18years to 35years
Sensitization | Setting up Farm
March 2017: Assemblage of materials and equipment and start of work on the snailery farm expected to last for 2weeks
April 2017: Introduction of the organic foods leading to the formation of humus residues and the introduction of the Giant African Land (GAL) snails
May 2017: Cultivation of the snails and the sorting of the growers
June 2017: Education of interested individuals on heliculture farming as a viable source of income generation and empowerment
July2017: Feedback of activities and reports to CSAAEINC.
August, September and October 2017: continuation of evaluation on the farming
November & December 2017: Harvesting of the matured snails and sorting of juveniles
The Snail project is expected not only to yield high returns in the next 10months, due to the prolific advantage of the Achatina & Archantina species of snails to be cultured. The heliculture project will also provide the needed essential nutrients to the average Nigerian. It will also help to engage at least 20 youths to be self-reliant in the venture.